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Philadelphia Union 0-2 Toronto FC: The good, the bad & the ugly

I like them.

MLS: Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

A clean sheet on the road… TFC was the only Eastern Conference team to record a victory this past weekend… Michael Bradley is back as a defensive midfielder… Alex Bono’s save on Fafa Picault in the first half (see “bad,” below)… Jim Curtin still does not know how to use David AccamVictor Vazquez’s pass to Jonathan Osorio on that first goal was truly “sublime”… speaking of Steven Caldwell, the “quality” drinking game tally was nine… Ager Aketxe looked more engaged and dangerous than at any other time this year (sign of things to come?)… the sky over the River End as the sun set at Talen Energy Stadium (that’s my romantic side coming through)… Bono’s save on Accam late in the game (again, see “bad,” below)… the game within a game: Auro was defensively magnificent against Picault… Jay Chapman’s VV-esque pass to Hasler in the 57th minute… Auro’s cross-field ball to Telfer in the 65th… Steven Caldwell trying to say “Medunjanin.”

MLS: Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Bad

Nico Hasler on the left side. He only played one forward pass with his left foot; one!... Chapman and Osorio playing, “I don’t want it, you can have it” in front of Philly’s goal (23rd minute)… the two defensive gaffes that led to Bono’s terrific saves: a slow defence playing way too high in the first half; and Jason Hernandez’s massive brain fart in the second half… the cheesy, restaurant-style music playing during the half-time highlights. Dim sum, anyone?... Terry Dunfield’s pronunciation of Jonathan’s last name. Hint: the second letter is an “s”, not a “z.” (Credit to my daughters for using their wolf-like ears.)… the late yellow to Chapman. I’m still trying to figure that one out… van der Wiel’s near own-goal in first half stoppage time… speaking of Osorio, why was he flopping around on the ground like a fish? He needs to reduce the theatrics… Caldwell describing the 46th minute tackle on VV as a “solid, old-fashioned challenge”… Derrick Jones entering the field with jewelry. Isn’t that the fourth official’s job?

MLS: Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Ugly

Toronto’s all-white kit. The shorts need to be red or onyx… Andre Blake’s black goalie gloves. Looks like Vader… Accam’s cheeky chip into the net well after being called off-side. That’s a no-no, especially late in the game with a clean sheet on the line. (The real “ugly” is that none of the TFC players got in his face to scream some sense into him)… one of the rainbow banners at the River End: snakes and skulls?... Giovinco being manhandled, especially when Auston Trusty grabbed his neck in the 57th minute. I thought that all hands to the face and neck were fouls?… Philly’s terrible throw-in that led to Oso’s second goal (great read by Giovinco, though)… finally, what’s with the “No One Likes Us” banner? I like them. So much so that I wish we played them 34 times in a year, particularly this season!